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Czech Republic has 800,000 shells for Ukraine to receive soon

18 February 2024 18:09 (UTC+04:00)
Czech Republic has 800,000 shells for Ukraine to receive soon

The Czech Republic has found 800,000 artillery shells of 155 and 122 millimeter caliber for Ukraine. In the coming weeks, they may be sent to the Ukrainian army, states Petr Pavel, President of the Czech Republic, Azernews reports, citing RBC-Ukraine.

At a panel discussion with the leaders of 5 EU member states, Pavel said that the Czech Republic has been successful in finding military equipment around the world, including finding the source of thousands of shells for the Ukrainian army.

"We have found half a million pieces of 155-millimeter ammunition and 300,000 pieces of 122-millimeter ammunition," he said.

Pavel added that these shells could be delivered to Ukraine in a matter of weeks if the Czech Republic can secure funding from partners in the United States, Germany, Sweden and other countries.

In early May 2023, the EU Council approved a decision to provide €1 billion in aid to Ukraine for joint purchases of ammunition and missiles. It was planned that European countries would provide Ukraine with one million shells by March 2024. It is now known that the EU countries failed to fulfill the plan in full.

However, as promised by EU diplomat Josep Borrell, Ukraine will receive more than 1 million artillery shells from European countries by the end of the year.

In addition, according to European Commissioner for Finance Johannes Hahn, the EU will be able to produce up to 2 million artillery rounds annually for Ukraine starting in 2025.

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